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The Gender Qualification Gap: Why Women Still Have To Be Better than Men to Win Elected Office

Featuring Assistant Professor Nichole Bauer

Date: Time: 11:30 am–12:45 pm
Contact: Alice Kang,
The 2020 election cycle was a benchmark year for women political candidates, with women setting new records in state legislatures, in Congress, and, of course, with the first woman, a woman of color no less, elected to be vice president. Indeed, women’s representation is at its highest level ever in American history. Yet, women’s under-representation persists at every level of elected office in the U.S. This talk examines how the perception of political leadership through the lens of masculinity poses gendered obstacles for women running for elected office, and explains what women have to do to overcome these challenges to win elected office.

Guest speaker/event received funding support from the UNL faculty senate convocations committee.

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